West Des Moines, IA – There’s a new smartphone app for drivers having an ‘oh crap!’ moment behind the wheel. The ‘Oh Crap’ app is designed to help drivers being pulled over for suspected drunk driving.
It was put together by lawyers in Iowa as a way to educate the public of their rights if they are pulled over. It also helps to document the stop for lawyer’s use later.
“We want to educate citizens on what their legal rights are and are not in the state of Iowa and eventually everywhere else. But we also want to serve as a tool to allow people to document their invocation of their rights and their use of legal protections that exist,” said Bob Rehkemper, an attorney and co-creator of the app.
The app gives tips to drivers being pulled over like: “shut up” and “be polite.” There’s a feature to calculate your blood alcohol content and a button that contacts an on-call lawyer. Plus, there is a whole section on basic legal rights when being pulled over. (Fox News)
WHAT? We now need an APP to understand and exercise our basic legal rights?
Okay – they should develop one for self-defense shooting and related matters.
I sense a trend, here…
“Give ‘em and inch, they’ll take a foot – give ‘em a foot, they’ll make a ruler!”
Authorities in Long Island have launched a crackdown on homeowners who rent their house out to tenants who have not been registered under a “zero tolerance” program that will see police conduct home inspections without notice. …
…Landlords in the Long Island community of Westbury will be targeted by a newly created police “Housing Enforcement Unit” that will “modify search warrant law to eliminate prior notice, aggressively use warrants and housing sweeps on a regular basis.”
Residents are being encouraged to report their neighbors to authorities if they suspect they are housing tenants who have not been registered with the government. Local station News 12 also gave out an email address and phone number encouraging viewers to, “report a suspected illegal rental.”
Maintenance rules and violation fines will also be raised under the new program. …
h/t wirecutter, Paul Joseph Watson
Because, there is obviously no crime in this community, and the police have to show they are valid somehow!
Idaho becomes eighth state to have concealed handguns on college campuses (from John Lott)Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin currently prevent public colleges from banning concealed handguns on college campuses. With Idaho becoming the eighth state (Governor Butch Otter has already indicated that he will sign the bill), 20 states leave the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses up to each college or university individually. From Reuters:
Idaho lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure allowing concealed guns to be carried onto university and college campuses.
The legislation, which cleared the state House of Representatives by a 50-19 vote and was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, now heads to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature.
If the Republican governor signs the bill into law as expected, Idaho will be the seventh U.S. state that allows guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The passage of the Idaho bill comes amid a tense debate on the extent of gun ownership restrictions in the United States, which has seen a string of recent shootings at schools, movie theaters and other public places. . . .
BE AFRAID! There have been more school shootings from legally-possessed handguns… OH, wait a minute…
I don’t think there have been any on the campuses which make such allowances, have there?
“The Second Amendment does not apply to schools.”
Director Of Government Relations at Boise State University
February 28, 2014
Testimony before Idaho House State Affairs Committee
I don’t know which is worse; The blanket WRONG statement by a governmental education bureaucrat, or the fact he IS said government education bureaucrat!!
I DO like Joe Huffman’s response to his statement, though:
“That’s odd. My copy of the Bill of Rights doesn’t have an exclusion for schools. If Mr. Newcomb’s does then that must mean he shouldn’t have a problem with him being convicted without a trial as long as it is done on school property.”
Rights are Rights! When will the Left (who constantly trumpets the First Amendment in defense of radical Islamists, fascists and pedophiles) get that?
You can’t have it both ways!
And when is the Left going to get the concept that you ban guns in schools – you create massive targets-of-opportunity – school shootings occur…AND HOW IS THE PROBLEM SOLVED?
They call guys with guns to stop the problem! Q.E.D.
(the above title from a CNN headline)
The Massachusetts legislature passed a bill prohibiting voyeurs and perverts from taking pictures up women’s skirts! Huzzah!
(The legislation was hastily drafted after a court decision regarding the ‘rights’ of such ‘photographers’ was made in favor of the
We all know that passing laws prohibiting behaviors work SO WELL. Witness that fact there are no murders, no armed robberies, no sexual assaults, no burglaries and no pornography in Massachusetts, either!
Thanks to CNN for seeing the value of laws of malum prohibitum.
See a problem? Pass a law against it, that’ll do it! Just like gun control or the drug war!
Armory Blog had this little snippet:
I stumbled upon this post on Reddit a while back but forgot to post it. The person who found it since deleted their account (which was a good idea), not before they posted “Cleaning out grandma’s basement. This was in a box marked “christmas”. Yes, its real.” I wonder how many other hidden relics are in other basements and attics around the country.
I’m SO jealous!
And I used to enjoy fantasies of finding some dusty relic in my family’s effects and find out on The Antiques Road Show it was worth a gazillion dollars!
Of course, they won’t be able to keep it…
Worried about ‘the authorities’ getting involved in civilian disarmament? If NYPD is any example, and you are planning resistance to their plans…
The triggers are a major factor, but are not entirely to blame. The NYPD apparently does not teach the Weaver stance, or at least, does not train in it to any standard of proficiency. Its internal documents admit that only about half of officers involved in shootings fired with any kind of two-handed grip. As late as 1992, overall officer hit potential was only 17%, and only 28% at 3 yards–9 feet–and closer.
If this is true, then everybody involved in training needs their ass kicked. C’mon, do you know ANYBODY currently teaching defensive handgunning who doesn’t teach some kind of two-handed hold?
You should go and read the whole thing (link – Firehand)
And take heart – when the SHTF you can throw it faster and with more accuracy than agents of government trained by bureaucrats.
I’m reminded of my IPSC days. We’d have some hot-shot cops show up to compete with we lowly civilians. Usually, after two or three sessions, we’d not see them again. Because the civilians took their training seriously and weren’t answerable or trained by bureaucracies!
Of course, hopefully, this is all just fictional commentary, and none of us will ever have to know if it holds true for us.
Officer involved shooting near Phoenix gun shop
PHOENIX – A robbery at a gun shop in Phoenix led to an officer involved shooting early Monday.
Officers and a SWAT team were searching for one suspect in the area of 19th Avenue and Camelback Road shortly after 6 a.m. while two others had been detained.
One suspect may have been shot in the hand. No officers were hurt.
Traffic was stopped between Camelback and Missouri roads on 19th Avenue for a couple of hours but have since been re-opened.
As of 7 a.m. police had conducted the residential search and all side streets were re-opened.
The residential area search on 19th Ave. (OIS) is complete, side streets are open. Clearing the gun store and adjacent buildings now.
— Phoenix Police (@phoenixpolice) March 3, 2014
The light rail was also affected, with passengers being asked to get off and a bus will take them to the next station.
By 8 a.m. it was back to running on normal schedule.
Jim Cross, Reporter
Well, THIS got my blood pumping this morning! This was the gun store where I used to hang out (and allegedly ‘worked’ part-time) a few years back! And I saw the headline and the location and freaked out!
Of course, reporters are not lawyers. Or cops, or even have a clue about most things, apparently (excluding Biff, of course!).
You see, it was an attempted BURGLARY of a closed store, NOT a robbery! No store personnel were present. It was dark out, before breakfast Monday morning! The store opens @ 10:00 A.M. I’m guessing crack reporter Mr. Cross doesn’t understand that robbery and burglary are NOT synonymous!
(connected to the previous post regarding the State of Connecticut preparing to confiscate previously ‘legally-owned’ ‘assault weapons’*)
In a video posted Thursday to YouTube, Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance is heard telling a woman identified as “GMN Producer Guerilla Girl Ashley” that she sounded anti-American for questioning the state’s new gun control law.
“I want to know, if it comes down to it, will the police go to my home if my husband refuses to give up a weapon that was formerly legal and now has been made illegal by a corrupt legislature?” she asked. “Will the police actually go to my home and threaten my family, ’cause I’m scared to death?”
“We don’t threaten people, ma’am,” Lt. Vance said. “That doesn’t happen.”
“If you’re going with the force of government, that’s a threat,” she responded.
“Ma’am, it sounds like you’re anti-American, it sounds like you’re anti-law. I can’t answer your question,” Lt. Vance remarked.
Later, after Ashley said Lt. Vance works for the people of the state, he informed her that he, in fact, is her master.
“You’re the servant, we’re the master,” she said.
“I’m the master, ma’am. I’m the master,” he said in response.
Peter, a retired law enforcement officer himself, stated a response so much more eloquently than I:
Lt. Vance, I have news for you – and I speak as a retired law enforcement officer. If you take that attitude and that approach with me, you’ll have violated your oath of law enforcement office – the same oath I swore, and which remains binding on my conscience and my actions to this day. In consequence you won’t be my ‘master’ at all . . . you’ll be a felon, and I’ll be entirely within my rights when I deal with you as such. Nor will I be the only one to do so. As Sean Sorrentino asks, “What happens when both sides make a list?“
Just who the hell do you think you are, Lt. Vance? And if your attitude is typical of the Connecticut State Police, when did that organization abandon its mission and its collective oath of office to become nothing more than a collection of jackbooted thugs? (more at Bayou Renaissance Man)
When I went to college getting my Administration of Justice diploma, they taught us that the job of a peace officer was to enforce the law, preserve order and protect the rights of all. Obviously, they are no longer teaching that, or the curriculum has changed.
And THAT is a problem.
(*assault weapons – whatever a legislature decides they are. See also Saturday Night Special.)
“Will wonders never cease?” - Guffaw, February 22, 2014
The above words actually exited my mouth when I saw the following:
It’s not a murder charge, but it’s more than I expected.
Little steps, people.
h/t Firehand, Bob Owens